Meet the Mom Behind the Honest Toddler

March 7, 2013  |  

If you’re not following the Honest Toddler on Twitter, you should be. This parody account tells us what kids are really thinking about everything from lunch to nap time. The Honest Toddler offers thoughts like, “Don’t say you love me and then six hours later make quinoa.” Two-hundred thousand Twitter followers later, parents are obviously tickled by having a glimpse of what their kids are really thinking. CNN sat down with Bunmi Laditan, the marketing professional and and mother of two about the success of her parody account and her upcoming book, The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting.

Laditan said she started the new Twitter account during an especially tough week with her youngest daughter. ” She was being defiant and I was busy with work, and literally it was the worst week we’d ever had,” she told CNN. “I just started (The Honest Toddler) for fun.”

On the attitudes of toddlers:

One of the reasons I believe it’s popular — and I don’t think it has anything to do with me or my writing ability or anything like that — is it has to do with parents who have already wondered what their kids are trying to say. Who have already thought, I know, if my child had the ability to articulate, they would say something like that.

They have the opinions of people long before they have control of their bowels. They really believe we are on the same level. They believe we are peers. They see their mother and father as the ones who take care of them and where they go for comfort, but they really believe they have an equal vote…

Toddlers are…people without filters. They’re exactly like us but they don’t have all the etiquette and social norms. So they say things that we would say if we didn’t fear the social consequences.


We’re excited to hear more from the Honest Toddler in Laditan’s book, being released this May.

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